This is the poem I read on the air this morning that was tweeted out by the @FSUPRBLMS account. Great stuff.
Time once again for my Chargers "3 Questions" blog...a question that was answered, a question that was left unresolved, and a new question that was created during the course of the game. Here's the Chargers vs. Bengals edition:
QUESTION ANSWERED: Are the Chargers good enough to overcome their own mistakes and still win? To be fair, we probably already knew the answer to this one. Antonio Gates said it himself a couple of weeks ago. So it was ironic that a pair of turnovers by Gates may ultimately be the final undoing of the Chargers 2013 playoff hopes. A few years ago, the Chargers had the talent to overcome errors...and they often did just that. Now, it takes a nearly flawless offensive performance for the Bolts to pull out a victory.
QUESTION UNRESOLVED: Is Mike McCoy getting any better in his rookie season as head coach? You would presume that a smart and meticulous guy like Mike McCoy is constantly evaluating his own performance with an eye toward improvement. We'll never know if that's the case, though, when the answer to every question is "We're just doing what we think is best for the football team." OK, but why is punting from the opposing 42-yard-line on 4th and 2 the best thing for your football team? Is it because you've got a great punter? (OK) Is it because you think your defense is due to make a big stop one of these days? (not OK) Until we have a little information on McCoy's thought process, Chargers fans have every right to be critical of the head coach.
QUESTION CREATED: Is there anything left to play for in 2013? While cynical fans say the team should keep losing to improve their draft status, I'm still waiting for the fat lady. There's still a good chance that a 9-7 record can get the Chargers into the playoffs, and that's still possible with 4 straight wins. Sure, the odds are remote, and the Chargers would have to beat both Manning brother in a span of 5 days. But until that 8th loss is officially on the board, I'm going to keep a smidgen of hope. After all, I was the only person in San Diego who thought the Bolts could still make the playoffs in 2008 when they had a 4-8 record.
Congratulations to baseball writer Keith Law who won our November Tweet of the Month award with a football tweet:
Incognito should have used an NFL-approved racial slur, like "redskins"
Philip Rivers joins us this morning on TWOS and talked about his touchdown pass to Seyi Ajirotutu and "spaz out" celebration. Also, bolo ties. Check it out here:
Every week, we'll be picking 4 NFL games each. 1 point for the 1st pick, 2 points for the 2nd pick, 3 points for the 3rd pick, and an upset selection. Chris leads the competition 78.5-44.5 through 12 weeks.
Ben: Cowboys (1pt), Lions (2pts), Patriots (3pts), Rams (upset-9pts)
Chris: Panthers (1pt), 49ers (2pts), Seahawks (3pts), Chiefs (upset-4pts)